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Passions in Poetry

Digital Passions
Poetry Magazine

Digital Passions #3
published May 24, 2000


Editor's Column by Balladeer
Anchor Point (our opening poem)
How The Net Affected my Poetry Marge Tindal
Interview - Michael Anderson by Krista Knutson
Mid Point (our second poem)
My Muse by Angel
Poetic Engines by Christopher
Closing Point (our final poem)
The Final Word by Poet deVine
End Notes / Unsubscribe

Read It All (one big page)

My Muse Closing Point (final poem)


Poetic Search Engines
By Christopher Ward

Your assignment, should you be willing to be masochistic, is to search out poetry on the Internet. Really, one wouldn't think this too difficult a task. I started as basically anyone would: I typed in the URL of my favorite search engine:

Then I typed into the search field: "Poerty."

Huh, only four listings?

Oh, they spelled it wrong too.

Ok, "Poetry."

Now search.


Great. This is why I love the Internet. You type in a simple word and you get back a million different links. So what we have here, is our choice between a meager 1000 "poets" listings; 650 some-odd sites related to "Web Published Poetry;" Over 100 online magazines; And something that starts with three "X's." All I wanted to do was to read some poetry, is it that much to ask?

Ok, so to make a short story short, I clicked on a quadrillion links. And while I found many sites to renew my faith in humanities' collective dysfunctional psyche, I found very few real poetry sites. (I think half the sites were really "adult" sites pretending to be poetic.)

But I persevered! After all, I'd only clicked on about a quarter of those quadrillion links. Well, lost amid the tangle of self-proclaimed legends and those claiming to actually be literate, I found "poetry," (and I use the term LOOSELY!,) ranging from the abstract to the fantastic, the bad to the worse. And what do you know, I even found some good stuff! Though by the time I got to that, my mind had already melted into a puddle beneath my chair, but hey, that's the price to pay for achieving such a state of cultural awareness!

Yes, eventually I was able to find some great places to read poetry!

Of course my eyes weren't working that well anymore, and my idea of what was good was by that time relative to some writing that I won't even torture you with! But what I realized it came down to, was luck. Like so many things on the Internet, there's only so many ways you can refine a search... and it's really hard to refine a search on poetry. For some reason, if you try to search for "good" poetry, you still end up with the same links. (And a LOT more adult sites!) But for those with nothing but time on their hands, more patience than a stone statue, a constitution similar to that of a politician's aide and an idea of what poetry really is, can certainly find a site on the Internet to suit their taste. (You may be too old by then to appreciate it, but look at it as life experience.)

I know I for one, am NOT doing that again! Next time, I'll stick with Passions in Poetry, or go buy a book. I don't know about you, but I don't have the sanity left to spare another attempt!


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